Op-Ed / / 11.03.20

Mediapart Op-ed: La France entretient un statu quo criminel en République centrafricaine

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Mediapart and was written by Nathalia Dukhan, Senior Investigator at The Sentry. La montée du sentiment anti-français en Centrafrique est avant tout le fruit d’une politique française qui conserve une forte emprunte coloniale. La République centrafricaine (RCA) prévoit d’organiser des élections présidentielles et législatives en décembre 2020. Pour se faire réélire, […]

Op-Ed / / 10.19.20

Project Syndicate Op-ed: Justice in a Hijacked State

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Project Syndicate and was written by John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, and Nathalia Dukhan, Senior Investigator at The Sentry. It’s also available to read in French or Portuguese on the Project Syndicate website. The international community has long favored trying to cajole the Central African Republic’s warring parties into doing […]

Op-Ed / / 09.19.20

The East African Op-ed: As Guns Fall Silent in Juba, Leaders Must Pull the Trigger on Dirty Cash

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The East African and was written by Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy, and Hilary Mossberg, Director of  Illicit Finance Policy. The peace process in South Sudan has kept most of the guns silent between the two main protagonists over the past year, but core governance reforms that could help the […]

Op-Ed / / 09.01.20

Just Security Op-ed: Shoring up Sanctions Enforcement in Sub-Saharan Africa: A North Korea Case Study

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Just Security and was written by Megha Swamy, Deputy Director of  Illicit Finance Policy at The Sentry. Two North Koreans abroad walk into a bank, open an account with access to U.S. dollars and euros, and go about conducting business with high-level politicians in their host country. Despite hundreds of sanctions […]

Op-Ed / / 08.05.20

The Hill Op-ed: Two Rare Moments With John Lewis

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill and was written by John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry. From the time he was a young man in the 1960s, John Lewis consistently put his life on the line in pursuit of racial justice. During his extraordinary career in public service, he lent his name and commitment to numerous causes, […]

Op-Ed / / 05.15.20

Project Syndicate Op-ed: Killer Corruption

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Project Syndicate and was written by John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry. WASHINGTON, DC – COVID-19 is a ticking time bomb in Africa. Some of the risks are widely documented. Health-care systems are weak and overburdened, with ten African countries reportedly having no ventilators at all. Food supplies are unstable, and have already suffered major […]

Op-Ed / / 04.29.20

Haaretz Op-ed: Un magnat israélien s’appuie-t-il sur des manœuvres de couloir du camp Trump pour saboter la politiquer étrangère américaine ?

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in English in Haaretz, and was written by Sasha Lezhnev,  Deputy Director of Policy at The Sentry, and John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry. Lorsque les États-Unis imposent des sanctions à un homme d’affaires sans scrupules ou à une entreprise corrompue, on s’attend à des conséquences financières considérables. Cependant, certaines personnes […]

Op-Ed / / 04.22.20

Haaretz Op-ed: Is an Israeli Diamond Tycoon Using Trump-adjacent Lobbyists to Subvert U.S. Foreign Policy?

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Haaretz and was written by Sasha Lezhnev,  Deputy Director of Policy at The Sentry, and John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry. When the United States places sanctions on a rogue businessman or corrupt corporation, the expectation is that significant financial consequences will result. Some targets of those sanctions, however, are […]

Op-Ed / / 02.24.20

Medium Op-ed: A New Dawn for Accountability?

As Human Rights Face a Historic Global Assault, Powerful Financial Tools Arise to Counter Abusers   Note: This op-ed originally appeared on Medium and was written by Brad Brooks-Rubin, Managing Director of The Sentry. Around the world today, human rights face historic threats. In 2019, humanitarian aid funding fell, there were 951 attacks on health workers and facilities, […]

Op-Ed / / 01.29.20

Just Security Op-ed: Sudan’s Push for Removal from U.S. Terror List: Not a Panacea

للقراءة باللغة العربية إضغط هنا   Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Just Security and was written by Hilary Mossberg,  AML/CFT Advisor for Africa for The Sentry, and John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry. Sudan’s civilian government and a broad cross-section of Sudanese civil society have recently called on the U.S. government to remove Sudan […]

Op-Ed / / 01.07.20

Sudan Tribune Op-ed: Stop Darfur’s Bleeding

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Sudan Tribune and was written by Dr. Suliman Baldo, Senior Advisor to the Enough Project. New Year’s Day spelled death and despair for the people of West Darfur. Following the intensification of clashes between elements from Arab and non-Arab Massalit ethnic groups during the two previous days, thousands of inhabitants of […]

Op-Ed / / 12.16.19

Medium Op-ed: The Verdict Is In: Missing Millions Must Be Found and Returned

Note: This op-ed originally appeared on Medium and was written by Denisse Rudich, Senior Advisor for The Sentry in the UK and financial crime prevention specialist, and Tom Keatinge, Director of RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies. On December 14, 2019, President Omar al-Bashir was found guilty on charges of “possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally.” This decision comes […]

Op-Ed / / 11.08.19

Lawfare Op-ed: A Better Way to Use Sanctions in Africa

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Lawfare and was written by Hilary Mossberg,  AML/CFT Advisor for Africa for The Sentry. Few things are as constitutive of the Western foreign policy orthodoxy toward Africa as sanctions. Sanctions programs abound in the continent, yet they frequently fall short of their goals. We propose some ways to recapture […]

Op-Ed / / 10.21.19

African Arguments Op-ed: Abyei: Sudan and South Sudan’s New Chance to Solve Old Disputes

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in African Arguments and was written by John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, and Brian Adeba, South Sudan Investigative Analyst at The Sentry. In the excitement around Sudan’s evolving political order and the concerns around South Sudan’s challenges, less attention has been paid to some long-standing contentious issues that have the potential to create […]

Op-Ed / / 10.21.19

African Arguments Op-ed: أبيي: فرصة السودان وجنوب السودان الجديدة السانحة لحل النزاعات القديمة

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in African Arguments and was written by John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, and Brian Adeba, South Sudan Investigative Analyst at The Sentry. في ظل الحالة المثيرة التي يشهدها الوضع المتطور للنظام السياسي في السودان والمخاوف المتعلقة بالتحديات التي تواجه جنوب السودان، تم إيلاء اهتمام أقل ببعض القضايا المستمرة التي […]

Op-Ed / / 10.06.19

Daily Maverick Op-ed: Investing in South Sudan Oil Could Add Fuel to the Flames

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Daily Maverick and was written by Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project, and Megha Swamy, Deputy Director of Policy and Analysis at The Sentry. Any investment in South Sudan’s oil sector, without adequate transparency and accountability measures in place, will only feed and further entrench existing corrupt structures. A major […]

Op-Ed / / 10.03.19

George Clooney and John Prendergast in USA Today: Violence is the Business Model in South Sudan

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in USA Today and was written by The Sentry’s co-founders, George Clooney and John Prendergast. Anecdotes abound of corrupt, war-torn African dictatorships. South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, is usually Exhibit A in those tales. But in the shadows of this narrative is another part of the story, usually untold. It is the […]

Op-Ed / / 09.24.19

John Prendergast in African Arguments: From Sledgehammer to Scalpel: How Foreign Powers Can Support Sudan

للقراءة باللغة العربية إضغط هنا   Note: This op-ed originally appeared in African Arguments and was written by John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry. During this small window of opportunity for real transformation, the US and others must support the new government and help tackle spoilers. The remarkable recent events in Sudan culminating in the formation of a […]

Op-Ed / / 08.30.19

Mail & Guardian Op-ed: SA Key to Peace in South Sudan

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Mail & Guardian and was written by John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, and Brian Adeba, South Sudan Investigative Analyst at The Sentry. South Africa’s ascendance to the United Nations Security Council this year offers an unprecedented opportunity to reshape peace efforts in some of Africa’s deadliest conflicts. For example, […]

Op-Ed / / 07.02.19

Euractiv Op-ed: The Case for Corruption Criteria in EU Global Human Rights Sanctions

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Euractiv and was written by Sarah Gardiner, former Investigative Analyst at The Sentry, and Rachel Owens, the head of EU Office at Global Witness. In kleptocracies around the world, elites control the majority of state institutions and economic sectors and derive personal profit, often using violence and repression. Their ill-gotten gains […]